Speech Pathology Assessment Practices 1

    Unit code: HHB4001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    HHB3004 - Communication and Swallowing Across the Lifespan
    HHB3004 OR successful entry into the Graduate entry Master of Speech pathology
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit orientates students to foundational principles and methods of assessment within the speech pathology profession. The unit focuses on exploration and development of transferrable knowledge and skills that underlie assessment practices across practice areas of speech pathology in working with individuals across the lifespan and from diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and cultures. Students will engage with content via inquiry, case-based, simulation and reflective learning activities with reference to practice areas and professional engagement. Assessment practices will also be considered in the broader professional, regulatory, ethical and legal contexts in which speech pathology practice occurs.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Execute and evaluate the accuracy, conventions and rigour of written transcriptions of spoken communication;
    2. Apply knowledge to plan and justify speech pathology assessment that enables evaluation of the Speech Pathology communication domain;
    3. Exemplify professional and effective interview and observation skills for the purpose of gathering speech pathology assessment data; and
    4. Apply real-time discipline skills and knowledge to competently administer a range of speech pathology assessment procedures and collect accurate clinical data.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 30%
    Transcription of spoken communication and evaluation of the rigour of the transcription (1500 word equivalent)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 30%
    Written plan for initial assessment for newly referred individual with speech/language concerns with justification (1500 words)
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 40%
    OSCE administration of assessment procedures and collection of data hurdle (30 minutes)

    Required reading

    Students will be directed to relevant professional and clinical guidelines as well as scientific literature in texts and journals in the VU Collaborate space for this unit.

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